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The William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award

The Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 and renamed in 2014 in honour of William J. Simpson, to recognize a paralegal who has demonstrated one or more of the following criteria:

  • outstanding professional achievement;
  • contribution to the development of the profession;
  • devotion to professional duties;
  • adherence to best practices and mentoring of others in best practices;
  • a history of community service;
  • personal character that brings credit to the paralegal profession.

2021 recipient

Kathleen Cooper is the recipient of the 2021 William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award.

Licensed in 2012, Kathleen Cooper is a senior researcher and paralegal at the Canadian Environmental Law Association, a legal aid clinic dedicated to environmental and public health for low-income Ontarians. She is a leading voice for environmental justice and contributes to consultations at all levels of government. Her work has significantly improved the lives of low-income people across Canada.

Past recipients

Michelle L. Haigh, 2020
Jennifer Gravel Vanasse, 2019
Harry D. Fine, 2018
Edwarda De Oliveira Castro, 2017
John Tzanis, 2016
W. Paul Dray, 2015
Paula Stamp, 2014
Elaine Page, 2013
Brian J. Lawrie, 2012

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